Youtube ISP Video Quality, Art and Computers, Background Noise

Some things I meant to post earlier…

1) Youtube/Google Video Test: I mentioned this in class a month ago, but I seemingly randomly received a link to a “Video Quality Test” page while attempting to watch a Youtube video… Turns out it is a legitimate “service”.  Here’s the info on it: If you want to do it for yourself:

NOTE that the graph they give you is formatted interestingly… The y-axis scale isn’t labeled, and even where the graph dips close to the x-axis, the reading is still above 90% in some cases…

2) CHArt: This is an interesting organization I came upon on the weekend, although it looks like they haven’t been active in around a year. They’re looking at the implications that computers have had on art and art history, have (had) conferences on the topic as well. I thought it was interesting reading a couple of the papers with our learnings from this class and The Shallows in mind.

3) More Background Noise “Soundrown”: Earlier in the semester, we were talking about background noise and aps that would let you create your own, and I quite like this one because you can mix your own levels of different sounds like rain or coffee shop.


Not so TekSavvy? Do you like monkeys?

What you watch is being watched…

An Globe and Mail article that details a Canadian case where a Federal Court required ISP TekSavvy to turnover the name and addresses of customers suspected of illegally downloading movies.

Information about Canipre—a Montreal based anti-piracy firm that may have been monitoring your downloads.Canipre’s website, thier tag line? You audience isn’t rational; have you put systems in place. (Woah).

And, on a happier note–here is a list of interesting academic archives where you can look and download awesome content, legally, for free.

Ask the Past: How to Tell if Someone is Dead or Not Dead

Monkeys in the Margins: The Getty Museum’s Pinterest page all about, (I’m not making this up-the interweb can be an awesome place) mischievous monkeys in Medieval manuscripts. Try saying that five times fast.

Miniature Mondays from the Special Collections and Archives at the University of Iowa. Wee books!

Early Modern books and Manuscript collection at Harvard University. Books bound in human skin.